The body was found in Coire Lotha on Ben Starav. Photo: wrobison CC-BY-SA-2.0

The body was found in Coire Lotha on Ben Starav. Photo: wrobison CC-BY-SA-2.0

Rescuers searching for a missing walker in the Highlands have found a body.

Three mountain rescue teams and two search and rescue helicopters took part in the search for the man, who was reported missing about 8pm on Saturday.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team began its search of Ben Starav in Glen Etive but bad weather forced its volunteers to abandon its hunt for the walker about 4am.

The search resumed about four hours later, with Lochaber and Oban Mountain Rescue Teams joining the operation. Members of the Search and Rescue Dogs Association also took part.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth also helped look for the missing walker.

A Royal Navy Sea King from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire took over search duties about 9.45am on Sunday and 3½ hours later, the body of a man was spotted in Coire Lotha on the western slopes of the 1,078m (3,537ft) munro.

The body was then airlifted to Fort William.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said the man’s next of kin have been informed.

A spokesperson for the Lochaber team said: “Conditions were difficult as Ben Starav is a very complex mountain with very challenging terrain.

“The weather did not help with frequent lightning strikes all around the mountain. Some brilliant spotting and flying by [the Royal Navy] assisted rescuers to get to casualty and allowed recovery by helicopter.

“Our thoughts with family and friends.”

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